The Sherlock Holmes Journal Review of The Keys of Death

. . . an original and refreshing exploration of the early days of the Baker Street triumvirate . . . the birth of an enduring friendship . . . Sarah Obermuller-Bennett for The Sherlock Holmes Society of London In his introduction, Mattias Boström describes himself as an “embracer” of Holmes in his many forms, and… Continue reading The Sherlock Holmes Journal Review of The Keys of Death

Today’s Amazon Review of The Keys of Death

The Keys of Death is fantastic! Another victory! Altabef's third book is a compelling and entertaining read. I loved this take on the origins of the unstoppable team of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, AND Mrs. Hudson! Gretchen Altabef always does a great job of imbuing exciting mystery stories with strong female characters and a feminist… Continue reading Today’s Amazon Review of The Keys of Death

Rachel’s BLOG #2

Michael Peter Archer "Girl With Sunflowers" Dear, Sean, These days, I find it exceedingly difficult to ignore the world and get down to business. I am approaching the end of my Oxford studies with one more concerted effort ahead of me. Yet, to isolate myself from what is going on in the world and allow… Continue reading Rachel’s BLOG #2

Rachel’s BLOG #1

Rachel will keep you informed while Gretchen is in her writer’s cabin diligently at work on the 3rd Rachel Holmes mystery. Painting by Harrison Fisher. “The Study Hour.” Illustration published in The Ladies’ Home Journal, 1908. My dearest Sean, A lot has happened since last we met in Remarkable Power of Stimulus. I hope these letters… Continue reading Rachel’s BLOG #1

Honored for Excellence in Fiction!

“Amazing, ecstatic, overjoyed, fabulously flabbergasted, and of course, humbled by this fantastic award.” During the inaugural Doylean Honors celebration of the ACD Society, I was honored for excellence in Fiction!. I am grateful beyond measure for this momentous Best Fiction of 2022 Award. The awarded short story was “Sir Arthur and the Time Machine” published… Continue reading Honored for Excellence in Fiction!

Loved it! 😍

Reedsy Review: “A new Holmes story for fans of the original, The Keys of Death is a satisfying new mystery, true to character, and delicious to read!” Keys of Death is not Gretchen Altabef’s first foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes, there are at least three other novels in this vein according to her Goodreads… Continue reading Loved it! 😍

REVIEW – A Continuum of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Jay Ganguly

Your morality holds you prisoner," Holmes observed.  When I heard Sherlock Holmes say that to Dr. Watson, I was hooked. Jay Ganguly’s audiobook of Holmes stories is splendid. Each one a jewel for those lucky enough to be aware of the fantastic explosion of new Sherlock Holmes adventures that characterizes some of the world’s best… Continue reading REVIEW – A Continuum of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Jay Ganguly

Geri Schear’s Review Rocks The Keys of Death

There are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen Altabef.

Human nature being what it is, we can’t help but find favorites in films, music, books, etc. You won’t be surprised to learn that some of my favourite reading material comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes books. And out of that hoard of riches, there are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen Altabef.

Gretchen’s latest novel, The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. Set in 1880, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world.

Out of the fog three young souls unite in their common desire for justice. A genesis story about friendship with the power to change the world. Here, finally, Mrs. Hudson’s part in it can be told.

From the Foreword by Mattias Boström: “In the beginning, there was one Sherlock Holmes. That genesis was, however, just a short glimpse in time, and for ninety-seven percent of his existence in literature, there have been two of them: Original Holmes and Parallel Holmes.”

Our cast includes Paris’s gentleman thief, Arsene Lupin, West African pirate, Félix Calabar, London’s spectacular beauty, Lily Langtry, the Imperial Theatre Orchestra, the Irregular’s, and even the Prince of Wales has a part to play in Holmes’ solution to the murder mystery. Altabef’s exploration into women’s history brings to light the immensely creative approach to freedom crafted by the ladies of the Anglo-Jewish Community.

The Keys of Death rocks the heart of Holmes’ world. With a vengeful villain to match him. The world’s first consulting detective practice is born through one man’s unshakable belief in his gifts, his courage, and especially his friends. Through every challenge Sherlock Holmes upholds his vision of a merciful justice for our world.

The Keys of Death is published by MX Publishing.

I am an MX author of new Sherlock Holmes novels. My writing springs from the same sense of justice as Dr. Watson’s, and Dr. Doyle’s. My books brim with imagination and a news reporter’s excitement for the true history of the day. THESE SCATTERED HOUSES. A breakthrough novel for Holmes and for me, an historical murder mystery solved as only Holmes can. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: REMARKABLE POWER OF STIMULUS is a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart. THE KEYS OF DEATH is the genesis story of No. 221B Baker Street.

Two short stories published this year: “In The Land of the Living” Mystery Magazine, October 2021. “Sir Arthur and the Time Machine” SHERLOCK HOLMES FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE REALMS OF H. G. WELLS, a Belanger Anthology. I contributed Arthur Conan Doyle’s, and Sherlock Holmes’ history, and edited JEREMY BRETT – PLAYING A PART and JEREMY BRETT IS SHERLOCK HOLMES by Maureen Whittaker.

A member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, The John H. Watson Society, the Priory Scholars of New York, the ACD Society, the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, and the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers assemblage artist collective.

Geri Schear

Human nature being what it is, we can’t help but find favourites in films, music, books, etc. You won’t be surprised to learn that some of my favourite reading material comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes books. And out of that hoard of riches, there are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen Altabef.

Gretchen’s latest novel, The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. Set in 1880, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world.

Out of the fog three young souls unite in their common desire for justice. A genesis story about friendship with the power to change the world. Here, finally, Mrs. Hudson’s part in it can be told.

From the Foreword by Mattias Boström: “In the beginning, there wasoneSherlock Holmes. That genesis was, however, just a short glimpse in time…

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Kickstarter-The Keys of Death

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mxpublishing/sherlock-holmes-the-keys-of-death? The Keys of Death Kickstarter Campaign The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. In Gretchen Altabef’s 1880 novel, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world. Come join in the Kickstarter kick-off of a most singular Sherlock Holmes Adventure. Out of the fog three young souls unite in their… Continue reading Kickstarter-The Keys of Death

REVIEW – Remarkable Power of Stimulus by The Sherlock Holmes Journal

. . . a boldly portrayed Holmes . . . This book is exciting, ingenious, and a delight to read. I hope it will attract the modern generation to our Holmes and Watson." "The first President of this Society, S.C. Roberts, once observed “Certain imaginative playwrights, with a greater regard for popular sentiment than for… Continue reading REVIEW – Remarkable Power of Stimulus by The Sherlock Holmes Journal